Oscar® Winners One-on-One
For their interview, Julia travels to George's home in the Hollywood Hills—and George doesn't hesitate to get things started.
George: I hear you're pregnant. That's what they're telling everyone.
Julia: I hear that, too.
Julia: I am pregnant. Can't you tell? Don't I look cute as ever?
George: You know, it shines in your face. When are you going to have it?
Julia: Late summer. So it'll be nice and hot. My ankles will be nice and swollen and elephant like.
George: You want to know something, because I did play a doctor on television...
Julia: You could deliver the baby?
George: Yes, I can deliver the baby.
George: Do you remember the first time we met?
Julia: Not only do I remember the first time we met, I think most people on the planet Earth, at that point, thought that we were either married, cousins or best friends. And we'd never even met before.
George: I know. We met at the hotel...
Julia: The Chateau Marmont.
Julia: We sat on the floor.
George: We were supposed to be rehearsing, all we did was...
Julia: Gossip about people who weren't in the room!
George: I'm not dating anybody right now.
Julia: You're not?
George: Hmm um
Julia: That's why you look so good.
George: Yeah, exactly. That's why I'm happy. Look at how happy I am.
Julia: You are happy.
Julia: When was the last time your advances to a woman were rebuffed?
George: I don't know. I don't advance.
Julia: You don't advance?
George: I usually am retreating.
Julia: I bet you get some freaky girls coming up to you.
George: I have had, yes, some very strange ones.
Julia: Why do we rarely see you out with a woman?
George: Wait, this is just about me and girls, isn't it? You're coming at me.
Julia: Are you dating anyone now?
George: Actually, since we started this interview? I'm now dating someone.
Julia: Okay, that's what I thought. 'Cause I could see a change in you.
Julia: George Clooney's house. Hello?
Brad: Julia? Hey, it's Brad. Listen, I was thinking I would avoid the line of questioning about the Oscars®. You know, I would stick with the [People's] Sexiest Man Alive line of questioning. Who's that [in the background]? Is that George?
George: Hey, hi!
Brad: Hey, how are you doing? We've just been talking about how great we thought it was that you were the two-time Sexiest Man Alive winner...and you know George, you're a real inspiration, a real inspiration to us younger guys.
George: I just wanted you to know that I thought you looked great when you didn't win at the Golden Globes®.
Brad: Thank you, man. Thank you! And I think the plastic surgery is fantastic! You really cannot tell. You really can't tell. Hey listen, while I've got you on the phone, I think the question America really wants to know and hear from you is what exactly are the responsibilities of wearing the crown of the Sexiest Man Alive?
George: Well, you did a pretty good job of tarnishing it for a long time and they thought they'd bring me in to clean it up again. I think I'm doing a really good job.
"There's many questions that I've wanted to ask him that I probably haven't had a chance to—and now I'm embarrassed to ask them," Nicole says. "But, I will."
Russell says Nicole hasn't answered any of his phone messages all week, so he knows she has something up her sleeve. "This is feeling more and more like a setup. I'm not sure what Nicole thinks of me now, it probably changes day to day," Russell says. "Like most of my friends [she probably] gets embarrassed on my behalf or pleased on my behalf if I finally do something right."
Nicole: What's the most significant kiss you've ever had in your life?
Russell: Probably the one that comes just after "I do."
Russell: I remember standing in the chapel, and just as the bishop started talking, the afternoon sun hit the center of that stained glass window and just ran up Danielle's dress in golds and reds and blues and stuff. It was gorgeous.
Nicole: That's the woman you were meant to marry. That's a sign. I believe in signs. Do you cry easily?
Russell: Oh very easily, yeah. Not in an emotionally collapsing sort of way, you know. But, when you've got two little boys, it's going to give you an emotional rush.
Nicole: Do you prefer to be loved, or do you prefer to love?
Russell: I prefer to be the one doing the loving, I suppose.
Russell: I just don't think there's anything I can do about it.
Nicole: I don't agree.
Russell: I can be the best person that I can be and it's still not going to be good enough to change people's minds. I do think it's really important. I didn't used to. And I think, in a way, I'm paying a price for that youthful arrogance. Because you have this thing, that, you know, "I don't care what you think, I know who I am." ... The effect of which you don't really realize that you've actually scared people, or something.
Nicole: Yeah, because a lot of people have said to me, "Oh, Russell, are you scared of him?" I'm like, "Scared of Russell? I've never been scared of Russell."
Russell: It's a funny thing, isn't it?
Nicole: Yeah, people are scared of you. You're one of the softest people inside that I know. It's true. ... You have big emotions.
Russell: I always think it's healthy, too. That in the moment if something's getting to you—just get it done. But, see I don't recommend anger. I don't see temper and anger as being related. Temper is, you know, volcanic. It begins and it's over. Anger is a different thing altogether. I get accused of being angry all the time. It perplexes me a little bit because I just don't know where it comes from.
Russell: So, how's Keith doing at the moment?
Nicole: Keith's doing very well. Yeah. We've, I mean we've been through a lot. ... We've dug really deep. Three months into our marriage we had to dig really deep. And that's what we're doing. And we're in the process of doing it.
Russell: It's very courageous of him to just pack up his toothbrush and go to rehab. He must have you at the very forefront of everything if he's thinking to just do that.
Nicole: You'll make me cry now so stop it!
Russell: No, seriously, I think you need to see it from that perspective.
Nicole: I do.
Russell: 'Cause he's a very, you know, he's a proud man. He's a very creative soul and for [him] to just go, "Right, I need to do this thing for the rest of my life to progress." That's pretty cool.
Nicole: It is.
Nicole: I hope so.
Russell: Are you going to carry a baby?
Nicole: Would you stop it? This is really dangerous territory! Yes, I would hope so. Anything else you want to ask, Russell?
Russell: Well, I just want to see you walking around barefoot and pregnant.
Nicole: I'd like to see that, too.
Jamie: When you walk into this room, what do you feel?
Sidney:What do I feel? I feel sort of...interesting. Because that was an extraordinary moment for me in my life. ... First of all, it was an unexpected ending. I didn't expect to win. Times were different then. And there was no precedence for it. It had never happened.
Jamie: Wow. Forest Whitaker, Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Hudson, Djimon Hounsou, my good friend Will Smith, all nominated for Oscars. How does that make you feel?
Jamie: And knowing you started it.
Sidney: Well, it isn't that I started it.
Jamie: You are so humble.
Sidney: Since I was the first person out there with the opportunity to maximize for the others that will come behind me. That's what I had to do.
Jamie: [You have] six daughters.
Sidney: Six daughters, yes!
Jamie: How is that? I know I have one daughter and it's driving me crazy. She's about to be 13 and it's, you know, I'm thinking about that. How do you raise six daughters?
Sidney: My father said to me and to my four brothers, "Always remember that the measure of man is how well he takes care of his children."
Jamie: Do you have any advice?
Sidney: You say what you feel you must say. As long as it's protective, she'll know that. And as long as it is in her best interest, she'll know that as well. Just talk it through. Always talk it through.
Jamie: Wow. No, I don't.
Sidney: You don't?
Jamie: If I get married, I want to lose it all, not have anything, and then go and try to find the woman for me.
Sidney: You want to lose "it" all? What is the "it all" that you would like to lose?
Jamie: If I didn't have what I have right now—all of the success—it may make it easier to find that person that really just wants you for you.